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Moderators are being encouraged to document their processes, tools, and guidelines on meta. While we could merely tag everything I suspect that it would be better to have a special tag that can only be assigned by the meta moderators to keep everything separate but easily searchable. A user tag would only end up cluttered, so I suggest a nice red tag.

To add a bit more detail:

If we have moderator posts that are tagged then it makes it easier for new moderators (pro-tems and newly elected mods) a specifically searchable tag rather than having to filter through results for and . The former tags should be found by "normal users" looking for FAQ entries, and the later tag should generally pertain to moderator oriented discussions "who's my moderator", or "look what this moderator did" or "when can I be a moderator" (I'm not insinuating those are great questions, just trying to illustrate "moderator" questions that aren't "faq-moderator" questions.

Additionally, the more "power users" of MSO would be happy to know more about the moderation process and tools, so this would give them a chance to follow specific tags for clarity and openness. A lot of users, like @AdamDavis who started this post, know a lot about the operation of the stacks, and so they would have advice to add to the discussion.

I hope this addresses the concerns that some of you have added in the comments, and explains a bit more in depth the difference between the two tags. If this edit was out-of-order, somebody feel free to revert it.

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Isn't faq already a red moderator tag? Or am I missing something here? –  waiwai933 May 28 '11 at 4:28
@waiwai: He means [faq-moderator]. I've edited to clarify. –  Robert Harvey May 28 '11 at 5:13
Good looking out @AdamDavis ;) –  jcolebrand May 28 '11 at 5:21
What's wrong with [faq] + [moderation]? –  Jon Seigel May 28 '11 at 13:40
I don't see the need: as Jon sais, faq+moderation seems to fit the bill. Also keep in mind that only trilogy moderators are meta.SO moderators, not the more numerous SE2.0 moderators. –  Gilles May 28 '11 at 15:25
@Jon Anyone can add [moderation] to a post. There are already a lot of FAQ posts, and there should be a lot of moderation faq posts. In this case I believe that having a single tag that can only be added or removed by a meta moderator is going to make is a better option then using the red faq and the regular [moderation]. –  Adam Davis May 28 '11 at 16:36
@Adam: You should add that into the post. That's a very good point. –  Jeff Mercado May 28 '11 at 16:52
I too don't think this can be covered by faq + moderation - searching and filtering won't work properly that way, for example. This needs a specific tag –  Pëkka May 28 '11 at 16:53
@Pekka How does searching not work? –  Michael Mrozek May 28 '11 at 18:51
@Michael: Searching for faq only will also get the moderator-faq posts. They should be mutually-exclusive searches. –  Robert Harvey May 28 '11 at 21:31
@Robert ...why? [moderator-faq] posts are faq posts nonetheless –  Michael Mrozek May 28 '11 at 21:49
@Michael: It's not a huge detail, but c'mon...If I were an ordinary user I wouldn't be the least bit interested in the mod faqs...Well, maybe a little. Conceptually, it's two different books. –  Robert Harvey May 28 '11 at 21:53
There are over 100 separate user faqs. A new user trying to figure out what the deal with "closing" shouldn't have to try and figure out which closing faq they should read. Further, it more clearly delineates the distinct differences between high rep users and moderators. Lastly, while I don't expect users to read every user FAQ, I really would expect new moderators to read every moderator FAQ - but not necessarily every user faq. Having to sort through them would make one less likely to go to the trouble. –  Adam Davis May 28 '11 at 23:32
@Adam The argument only makes sense one way -- it's hard to find posts tagged faq but not [moderation]. It's trivial to find posts tagged with both –  Michael Mrozek May 29 '11 at 1:06
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